Special Focus Styles 2013-14

AS Music Tech special focus styles form a large part of the written examination. Follow the links below to watch artists, learn about features of the chosen styles and other revision resources.

The special focus styles for 2013-14 are Reggae and Heavy Rock.


Heavy Rock – Stylistic Fingerprints

Heavy Rock – Genre Review 

The History and Development of Heavy Rock – Article

Edexcel’s Heavy Rock Listening List:

Other Important Heavy Rock Artists:

  • Judas Priest
  • Guns and Roses
  • Kiss
  • Slayer
  • Mötley Crüe
  • White Snake

Heavy Rock Technology:

  • Electric Guitar Developments
  • Electric Guitar Effects
  • Reverbs – Gated, Sprung, digital
  • Distortion – Fuzz, Feedback
  • Valve amps
  • Other Effects – Wah-Wah, Phaser

Influences and Sub Genres:

  • Rock n Roll
  • Stadium Rock – (video documentary)
  • Progressive Rock
  • Glam Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Psychedelic rock
  • Punk rock

Ska, Reggae and Dub – Stylistic Fingerprints

Ska, Reggae and Dub – Genre Review

The History and Development of Ska, Reggae and Dub – Article

Edexcel’s Reggae Listening List:

Other Important Ska, Reggae and Dub Artists

Ska, Reggae and Dub Record Labels and Producers:

  •  2 Tone Records

Ska, Reggae and Dub Technology:

Desmond Decker – Israelites   The first breakthrough reggae No. 1 in the UK.

Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier

Reggae Brittania Documentary

Harry J All Stars – The Liquidator

ACDC – Thunderstruck

Led Zeppelin – Kashmir

The Who – Won’t get fooled again.

Deep Purple – Black Knight

Guardian History of Modern Music – A really useful resource that uses an animated timeline to place genres of pop music in context.

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